Pirating. To pirate something means reproduce someone elses work without their permission and this happens every day all over the world now. It has gotten to the point where it is almost impossible to keep up to date with who is doing what on the internet meaning that more and more people are getting away with it.
Where the problem starts is that once something is put onto the internet it there is someone that will always have it and be able to reproduce it. Because we are told that the internet is there for us to share and access whatever we want as it is a place where we have the freedom to access all the information we want. With that being said where should we draw the line?
The pros of copyrighting information from the internet are simple, its easy, free and its hard to get caught. However people don’t realise how much money the industries lose from doing this… Wang (2004) explains how internet piracy is the reason for an estimated $3 billion loss in revenue. Someone has paid good money to create a music video, movie or a soundtrack and instead of paying to enjoy that text we are illegally taking it without permission. Therefore the industries are really struggling and losing a lot!
Its a hard topic because no matter what we do it will continue to happen as some people cant afford to buy everything they want to access and while they are getting away with it they aren’t going to stop. Doctorow (2007) discusses how need policies to make it harder to gain access to information unless you, yourself have paid for it. Meaning we need to make it harder for people to share information even after it has been paid for. But the question of how to do this still circles in peoples heads because it is now easier to illegally download something than to physically buy it.
Wang, W 2004, Steal this file sharing book : what they won’t tell you about file sharing, ‘Downloading movies’, No starch press, p.148–168
Doctorow, C 2007, ‘Free data sharing is here to stay’, The Guardian, retrieved 18 August 2015, <http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2007/sep/18/informationeconomy>